We asked our readers what books made the biggest difference in their lives, and here’s what they had to say. The list below tells you what books shaped their lives and why. 1984 – George Orwell 1984 “was the first book I actually enjoyed reading. It completely blew my mind at the time (I was 16) and it opened my eyes to the power of ideas and to the joy of reading a good book.” — Tim A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson “Wow this book is incredible. Ariel – Sylvia Plath “After reading through these suggestions, I realized there’s a big hole: Poetry! Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut “This book reignited the pilot light of my imagination like no other book had done in quite awhile. Crooked Cucumber – The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki “Although I am not practicing Zen (yet), this book is like my Bible in that I plan to always read over it and reflect upon the messages therein. Disturbing the Peace – Vaclav Havel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
Does more information mean we know less?14 January 2011Last updated at 17:55 We pay a price for all the information we consume these days - and it's knowing less, says Alain de Botton. One of the more embarrassing difficulties of our age is that most of us have quite lost the ability to concentrate, to sit still and do nothing other than focus on certain basic truths of the human condition. The fault lies in part with our new gadgets. Thanks to our machines, of which we are generally so proud, the past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. But we can't just blame the machines. The obsession with current events is relentless. Novelty The news occupies in the secular sphere much the same position of authority that the liturgical calendar has in the religious one. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Though technology has rendered it more or less absurd to feel gratitude over owning a book, there remain psychological advantages in rarity” End Quote Fasting Wisdom Elevate
The Harvard Classics: Download All 51 Volumes as Free eBooksEvery revolutionary age produces its own kind of nostalgia. Faced with the enormous social and economic upheavals at the nineteenth century’s end, learned Victorians like Walter Pater, John Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold looked to High Church models and played the bishops of Western culture, with a monkish devotion to preserving and transmitting old texts and traditions and turning back to simpler ways of life. It was in 1909, the nadir of this milieu, before the advent of modernism and world war, that The Harvard Classics took shape. What does the massive collection preserve? In its expert synergy of moral uplift and marketing, The Harvard Classics (find links to download them as free ebooks below) belong as much to Mark Twain’s bourgeois gilded age as to the pseudo-aristocratic age of Victoria—two sides of the same ocean, one might say. The idea for the collection didn’t initially come from Eliot, but from two editors at the publisher P.F. Related Content: W.H.
Rodrigo Y GabrielaWhat to Read Now | SlideshowEvery once in a while, you read a book that changes you -- inspiring your career, clarifying your goals, challenging your thinking. The right book can give you the courage to start your business, the reality check that you're not yet ready or the quiet affirmation that you're not alone in your fears or ambitions. It can set you on your path to success. We asked our expert contributors to name the one book that most influenced and inspired their careers. Here's a sampling of 15 of our experts on the books that most inspired them and why. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand (Plume, 1999) "To start a business, you just need to define a problem. Ogilvy on Advertising, by David Ogilvy (Vintage, 1985) "I read [this book] when I was in college, studying marketing. The Richest Man in Babylon, by George Clason (Megalodon Entertainment, 2012) "This was one of the first business books I read and it taught me that ‘saving’ money is equally as important as ‘making’ money. Blue Ocean Strategy, by W.
Has our relationship with nature changed?21 January 2011Last updated at 17:48 Fear of ecological destruction causes us to pity and protect nature rather than oppose it, says Alain de Botton The environmental dangers that now face mankind put non-scientific philosophical types like me in an awkward situation. We have to acknowledge that we can have precisely nothing interesting to say on the two most important questions in the air right now, namely: "What is going to happen to the human race?" and "What should we do about it?" It is not from a philosopher that you stand to be enlightened. Nevertheless, maybe there is still a point in trying to reflect on, rather than simply solve our ecological dilemmas. We can begin by observing that there is nothing new for mankind about confronting the possibility of its own destruction. Power However, we have grown used to conceiving of our present environmental situation as unparalleled. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote End Quote Mystery How mindsets have changed. Empathetic powers
Perseus Digital LibrarySoundtrackSir Ken Robinson Opening Keynote #ASTD2013@sirkenrobinson These are my live blogged notes from the opening session at the ASTD International Conference & Expo (ICE) -- happening this week in Dallas, TX. 10,000 or so training and development people here to extend their practice. We all have deep talents, but it’s often the case that we don’t discover them. Human talent are like the world’s natural resources – they are often buried beneath the surface. And if you don’t go looking for them you’ll never find them. You need circumstances for talent to demonstrate themselves… Whether you actually discover your talents is another matter. Why don’t we discover what we’re good at? What really makes you a success is PASSION. When it’s just a job, you’re disengaged. People who love what they do…”this isn’t what I do, it’s who I am.” Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Sir Ken book, published ten years ago.) When a really original idea turns up, it excites everyone’s imagination. Today we have a crisis in human resources.
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